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how to treat vomiting in toddler?

(19 Posts)
MamaChris Sun 02-Aug-09 07:34:57

ds (18mo) has been off his food since tuesday, not sleeping well, gradually getting worse, till friday he refused breakfast (never happened before), dinner, and banana (also never before). saturday, had a small bit of milk, then vomited it all up. drank a little water during the day, 4 pieces of pasta for tea and some organix biscuits, all came back.

this morning still doesn't want to eat, but v thirsty. a bit out of breath. has a mild temperate (38C). silly question, but we've been lucky not to have vomiting since he was a baby, when the advice was "keep breastfeeding". what to do now he's older? offer as much water as he wants? or milk for energy? (he's vomited every time he's had milk, so reluctant to do that, but worried about low blood sugar).

thanks!

StealthPolarBear Sun 02-Aug-09 07:44:24

I would keep offering water, and since he;s been ill for so long I'd get some advice. Has he had the temp since Tuesday? Even though it's not that high they'll probably decide he has swine flu

FlamongoBongo Sun 02-Aug-09 07:47:31

Sips of water - not milk. A sweet flat fizzy drink like sprite or coke to help replace any lost sugars. But just sips. If he's hungry, trust his body to know he needs food, but offer dry cereal or toast.

Call the Dr if he's been ill for such a long time. Do they vomit with swine flu? Sounds more like a very unpleasant tummy bug.

MamaChris Sun 02-Aug-09 07:52:59

seems like tummy bug to me too, as it started with loss of appetite. think he's had the temperature all week, as he's felt quite warm, but didn't bother finding the number till yesterday.

certainly, when I had flu a few years ago, I felt awful, while he still seemed quite active yesterday, even after the vomit. bit less so today, but I'm putting that down to lack of energy.

ok, water here we come. don't have any fizzy drinks around, will pop to shops later.

thanks.

MamaChris Sun 02-Aug-09 08:00:39

just tried nhs direct. apparently they're only taking your call unless you've been advised to call them by the swine flu hotline!

girlsyearapart Sun 02-Aug-09 08:03:08

Yes vomiting and runny tummy also swine flu symptoms. dd1 had it. They advise that you should get as much fluid in them as you can and not to worry if they aren't eating for a few days.The docs start to worry if they aren't drinking.
Call your GP tomorrow and ask if they think you should come in.

StealthPolarBear Sun 02-Aug-09 08:03:14

that makes no sense - surely the hotline was to ease the burden on NHS Direct?!

GoldenSnitch Sun 02-Aug-09 08:04:31

That's only if you think it's swine flu - I'd try them again.

MamaChris Sun 02-Aug-09 08:06:12

even if he has no cold symptoms gya?

SPB exactly! will try again after 8, when more people on shift

MamaChris Sun 02-Aug-09 08:07:55

no GS, it's "press 2 if you've been advised to call us by the swine flu helpline, press 3 for any other urgent problem" (I pressed 3). "we are exceptionally busy right now due to swine flu. please try again later".

StealthPolarBear Sun 02-Aug-09 08:09:08

shock
well that worked well! What exactly is the point of the hotline!!

GoldenSnitch Sun 02-Aug-09 08:14:46

Ah, it worked fine when I tried them last night... blush

MamaChris Sun 02-Aug-09 08:15:14

symptom checker on nhsdirect.co.uk says "call 0845 4647". call that number and get told "we're exceptionally busy right now, you can get health advice from nhsdirect.co.uk"!

this is only vomitting (although he hasn't eaten since thursday). what if it was more urgent? surely the swine flu helpline should be more than a filter for nhsdirect?

stubbyfingers Sun 02-Aug-09 08:19:02

my 18 month old had a bad case of d&v whilst on hols in spain recently. We had to take him to hospital eventually and the advice we were given was:

plenty of water, NOT juice, cordial or milk
offer mainly white foods, ie potatoes, bread, rice, pasta, chicken, veal (!), fish
no veg except carrots for some reason
no red meat
and dioralyte rehydration things

both my toddlers are just recovering from it again so I feel your pain! hope your LO is better soon.

FlamongoBongo Sun 02-Aug-09 08:22:33

Call your out of hours GP. I don't bother with stupid NHS Direct now - they're a complete and utter waste of time. Speak to a real life local GP on the telephone and they'll tell you what to do.

MamaChris Sun 02-Aug-09 08:29:27

thanks. good advice sf and FB. will do.

hope your LOs feel better soon too, sf.

Bumperslucious Sun 02-Aug-09 08:30:45

When DD last had a vomiting (she had three in as many months) the GP said just give her whatever she feels like. She did end up vomiting again occasionally, but better than just bringing up stomach acid sad

If he wants milk I would give him skimmed.

StealthPolarBear Sun 02-Aug-09 08:52:53

to get through to our OOH GP you have to go through NHS Direct!

girlsyearapart Sun 02-Aug-09 21:17:45

Think high temp is main SF symptom she had 40 temp plus d&v runny nose off her food night waking general not very wellness! OOH GP and NHS direct total waste of time only person I managed to speak to was a paramedic friend and eventually a GP at our surgery. I guess they think if you were that ill/worried you'd stop holding for NHS direct and go to A&E or call 999?

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